Super Bowl Safety Tips – Be an MVP Host or Guest

Super Bowl Safety Tips – Be an MVP Host or Guest

Whether you are a fair weather football fan like me and only take part in the biggest event of the season, or a diehard fan that doesn’t miss a game, the Super Bowl offers a welcomed break in the midst of winter. It’s an opportunity to get together with friends and family for a bit of fun. But like any celebration, a little extra caution is needed to make sure your Super Bowl experience is safe one. Sterling Autobody Centers is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Football League and other partners in spreading the message about designating a sober driver because – “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” Here are a few Super Bowl Safety Tips.

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If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
  •  Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep track of how much you have had to drink.  Check for apps on your smartphone that help keep track of your alcohol intake or logon to GlobalRPh to calculate your approximate blood alcohol.
  • Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
  • Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.
  • As always, put down your phone when you get in the car.  Texting and talking on the phone are distractions and you want all eyes on the road and the other cars around you on your way home.  Check out the Dangers of Texting for more insight.

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 If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

  •  Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  •  Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  •  If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
  • Encourage guests to pace themselves.
  • Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
  • Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
  • If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.
  • Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to – or host a party where alcohol is available to those under age 21, could face jail time.

Have Fun and Take a Chance at Winning Some Great Prizes!

Besides the great advertisements, the halftime show and the food, I look forward to writing my name in the Super Bowl squares in hopes of walking away with a few extra dollars. Sterling is also giving fans an opportunity to win some great prizes. Join us for our virtual BIG GAME watch party this weekend to register for a chance to win a 60” HDTV –register now at http://bit.ly/MgWIWm
We are also giving away an XBOX One Console (Includes Madden 25), an LG Blue Tooth Stereo Headset, a Kindle Fire, a Fitbit Flex band, and other great prizes. Be sure and like us at https://www.facebook.com/Sterlingautobodycenters to go beyond the big game and have a chance to win.
What are your plans for Game Day?

Author

Welcome to Destination Safety, a weekly blog offering a personal look at automobile safety and related topics. As a mother of two, my goal has always been to impart a little wisdom, share my experiences – good and bad - and do my best to keep my children safe. Protecting yourself and the ones you love. That’s really what safety is all about. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism in 1982. Given that the job market for a young, relatively green wordsmith was a little tight, I took a job with Allstate Insurance in their personal lines claim department. I witnessed firsthand the perils of driving. As luck would have it, several years later a position opened in the Corporate Relations Department. I was once again embracing my passion for communications, this time with an awakened appreciation for the importance of advocating for safer roads and safer drivers. After years of mid-western living, we moved to sunny Florida seven years ago. My 17-year-old son gives me lots of fodder for safety tips and my 24-year-old daughter, well let’s just say, she learned to drive in the snow. I used to wish for a doctor in the family. Now I’m thankful for my relationship with Sterling Autobody Centers.

2 comments

  • Enjoy the party and the game but avoid drinking and driving as it is one of the deadly combinations risking life of others and yourselves. Party organizers must replace alcohol with other alternative drinks so that no one get drunk and could reach back home safely. One can be punished by law if consuming alcohol under the legal age. So don’t drink and drive, stay safe.

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    • Thanks Susan. You are so right. Too often alcohol is the norm at any celebration. Hosts should always offer alternative drinks to their guests and never let their guests drive if they have been drinking.

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